San Dieguito Academy
|San Dieguito Academy|
|800 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
|School district||San Dieguito Union High School District|
San Dieguito High School Academy, originally known as San Dieguito Union High School and San Dieguito High School, is a public high school in the San Dieguito Union High School District in Encinitas, California, San Diego County, which was established in 1936. Located near the coast approximately 4 miles northwest to the City of San Diego city limit, San Dieguito Academy is located in an ideal location with proximity of some the top research facilities in the country.
- 1 General information
- 2 History
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Academic Teams
- 5 Notable faculty
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
1,584 students were enrolled at San Dieguito High School Academy in the 2013-2014 school year with a senior class of over 350 students. The pupil-teacher ratio is 27:1. The average SAT score in 2013-2014 was 1840 and the average ACT score was 27. The student body is 71% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic, 7% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 2% other. During the 2012-2013 school year, San Dieguito Academy's senior class had a 98.43% graduation rate.
As the campus had not yet been built when school started September 14, 1936, students attended classes in tents.
In 1996 San Dieguito High School was re-designed as a "school of choice" and renamed San Dieguito High School Academy to offer a student centered environment for a maximum of 1,450 students. 
All students living within the district may enroll at either La Costa Canyon High School or Torrey Pines High School within their attendance areas, but they are also eligible to attend San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy, both of which are designed to be "schools of choice." Typically, more students apply than there are available spaces, so a lottery of applicants is conducted to determine who may attend. New students with siblings that already attend SDA are automatically enrolled to the school.
One hallmark of a San Dieguito Union High School District academy is a "4x4" class schedule as opposed to a more traditional "rotating block schedule". This means that students may take four 90-minute classes every day during an 18-week course, completing eight classes (80 credits) a year.
In 1998, the school had roughly 1000 students, and by 2002, had 1500 (population limits of district high schools and academies are required to grow relative to the district). Fall 2003 enrollment was 1462.
In the fall of 2015, construction began on the new Math & Science building in the place of old Senior Court. Construction funded by SDUHSD voter-approved Proposition AA bond measure.
From 1936 to 1995, football was a strong tradition at San Dieguito, but has not been played as a team sport on campus since the school became a district school of choice. At that time, the football team moved to the newly opened La Costa Canyon High School. Now the homecoming festivities center around an annual flag football game: the faculty vs. the students. The 2017 winners were Quiche-a-delic.
The Mustang Surf Team won the Red Bull High School Cup in 2007. The surf team also won the 2007 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Championships that same year.
In 2016, The San Dieguito Academy Boys Tennis Team won the CIF San Diego Section Team Championship.
In 2016, the Boys Volleyball Team won The Division III CIF Championship. This is the second CIF Championship for the Boys Volleyball team who won the CIF Championship in 2014. It the first athletic CIF title since the school became an academy in 1996. The Mustangs competed in the 2016 Southern California Regional Tournament as the 6th seed. They swept La Verne's Damien High School but lost to Watts' David Starr Jordan High School in five sets in the quarterfinal match. They were the last San Diego Section team to be eliminated, led by head coach Raymond Wilson and assistant coach Brady Dinnsen.
In 2016, the Boys Water Polo Team advanced to the Division III CIF Championship Game for the first time in school history.
In 2017, the Boys Volleyball Team, did not qualify for CIF Playoffs. The team was dissapointed, but had no graduating seniors.
The 2018 Boys Volleyball team has a lot of hype, with superstar middle blocker and opposite Jasper Neale leading the charge after returning from injury midseason. The team is also known for it’s rousing chants of “S D Gianni” in honor of studly outside hitter Gianni Denson. Rumor has it that once Denson goes into the game, there is no possible way for them to lose.
SDA’s Academic Teams include Mustang Minds, Robotics and Speech and Debate. All Teams have competed at local, state, and national levels. 2010/11 School Year, SDA's Academic Teams comprise close to 150 enthusiastic SDA students. In the past two years, all teams have competed in their respective national events at least once with strong results.
SDA's Academic teams rely mostly on donated resources facilitated by the San Dieguito Academy Foundation (SDAF) Academic Council. The Academic Council meets the 4th Monday of the Month, at 6:30 p.m. at SDA in Building B’s Conference Room. Anyone is invited.
SDA’s Academic League Teams include a Varsity Quiz Bowl Team and Mustang Mind Teams led by Mr. Huntley that compete in quiz bowl style matches and tournaments. Quiz bowl style matches are team-based and fast-paced, Jeopardy-style competition that includes answering knowledge based questions via a lock-out buzzer system. Questions span multiple disciplines including history, art, math, literature, social sciences, science, world languages, mythology, philosophy, and current events.
Varsity Quiz Bowl Team
Varsity Quiz Bowl Team consists of SDA Seniors that compete in Tournaments throughout Southern California as part of the National Academic Quiz Team (NAQT). SDA’s team has been nationally ranked qualifying for the NAQT-High School Championship Tournament and PACE –High School Championship Tournament.
Mustang Mind Teams
Mustang Minds has three teams: Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Teams. Mustang Mind Teams compete in the Coast League Division, a member of the North County Academic League (N.C.A.L). N.C.A.L. matches are quiz bowl style dedicated to the demonstration of academic competition, scholastic excellence, and educational achievement. High School team matches consist of five active players on each team with player substitutions during timed rounds.
Controversial Issues Forum
SDA's Controversial Issues Forum talks about issues that are trending in current news. The group was started in 2010 by a handful of students interested in generating interest in global issues. The Forum was nationally ranked for its attendance numbers by the think-tank, Trending Issues Now, located in Washington D.C.
The Robotics team, known as Team Paradox, builds robots for competitions. Every year, the team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition, which creates a game that requires a specific set of skills for which teams must create a successful robot. The participating teams are then given six weeks to design, build, and program a robot. Competitions are held after this period, leading up to the international championship. Team Paradox is supported by many sponsors, including AFCEA, QUALCOMM Incorporated, SAIC, ViaSat and Nordson ASYMTEK. Team Paradox is FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2102. Click here for Team Paradox's website
San Dieguito Academy, along with surrounding schools, plays host to a competitive student improvisational comedy team. The team has over 30 members, and has found success against rival institutions. While most matches are played by senior members, many of the underclassmen participate in events, camps, and weekly practices to hone their comedic skills in preparation to show their team they can represent their school in a game.
Speech and Debate Team
San Dieguito Academy has a competitive speech and debate team, which competes in multiple activities throughout the season (August to June). The team has been recognized on a national level, and competes at tournaments. The team has won multiple Tournament of Champions(TOC) bids, qualifying a policy debate team to attend the TOC, a tournament of the best debates from around the country.
The SDA debate team primarily focuses on both Policy and Lincoln Douglas (LD) debate. Policy debate emphasizes governmental law, and Lincoln Douglas generally has a greater focus on the morality of laws, role of governments, and extent of individual rights in international relations. Both types of argumentation are divided into two skill levels: Varsity (for those with one or more years of debate experience), and Novice (for first year competitors).
San Dieguito Academy's speech team has received multiple awards and achievements over the past years. Recently, it has become more active in the San Diego Imperial Valley League. In 2010, several SDA students qualified for the California State Championships Tournament. The team competes in a wide variety of events including Impromptu, Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Prose and Poetry, Duo, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Interpretation, and Student Congress and has competed at the following tournaments: CSU Fullerton, Novice Individual Events, and La Costa Canyon Winter Classic. Some students have won Tournament of Champions bids which gave them a chance to be nationally recognized.
- Orville B. Karge (1919–1990), physics teacher. In 1991, the International Astronomical Union approved the naming of the minor planet 4822 Karge in his honor at the request of his students.
- Travis Browne, UFC heavyweight fighter
- Carl Chang, tennis player and 1996 "Coach of the Year" in Tennis magazine
- Michael Chang, professional tennis player, winner of 1989 French Open
- Tom Dempsey, (born 1941), longtime NFL placekicker, record-setter for longest field goal ever (1970), participant in 1969 Pro Bowl
- John Fairchild, basketball player for Los Angeles Lakers and Anaheim Amigos, 16th pick of 1965 NBA draft
- Jon Foreman, songwriter and lead singer of alternative rock band Switchfoot
- Tim Foreman, bassist of alternative rock band Switchfoot
- Tak Fujimoto, cinematographer
- Kurt Grote, gold medalist in 400 meter medley relay swim at 1996 Summer Olympics
- Frankie Hejduk, professional soccer player (USA, MLS and Bundesliga)
- Chris Hillman, bass guitarist, The Byrds
- Jonathan Jones, singer/songwriter for We Shot the Moon and Waking Ashland
- Keith Kartz, former NFL center for Denver Broncos, played in Super Bowl
- Mike Kozlowski, former NFL football player for Miami Dolphins, played in two Super Bowls
- Rob Machado, professional surfer (semi-retired)
- Greg Minton, former pitcher for San Francisco Giants
- Andy Parker, NFL football player for Los Angeles Raiders and San Diego Chargers
- Dan Quinn, football player, MMA fighter, and boxer
- Emily Ratajkowski, model and actress
- Bridget Regan, actress, star of television series Legend of the Seeker
- Shane Salerno, screenwriter, producer and documentary filmmaker
- Jon Stanley, volleyball player, 1964 and 1968 Olympics
- Eddie Vedder, lead singer of alternative rock band Pearl Jam
- Lukas Gage, actor
- "San Dieguito High Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
- http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/northcounty/20050130-9999-m1m30history.html Archived August 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "2013-14 School Accountability Report Card" (PDF). San Dieguito Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-19.
- San Dieguito High School Academy
- Online School Newspaper, The Mustang
- Official Site of San Dieguito High School Academy Alumni
- San Dieguito High School Academy Alumni News
- San Dieguito High School Academy Foundation
- Mustang Athletics Site
- SDA Live TV Production
- SDA Team Paradox
- Official Twitter of Boys Water Polo at San Dieguito High School Academy
- Official Instagram of Boys Water Polo at San Dieguito High School Academy